Teaching couple are bound for Kenya
Thursday, 14th March 2002.
There will be little rest for Castle Hill Middle School teachers Phil and Karen Woolley this Easter, as they jet off to lead sports clinics in Kenya.
Helping with immunisation programme … teachers Phil and Karen Willey pictured with pupils Haley Chawgo, aged 12, left and Leah Stolworthy, aged 11.
The husband and wife team, who are both PE teachers at the Haverhill School, will be joining a Christians in Sport two-week trip.
While they work with children to develop their sporting skills, a large-scale immunisation programme is offered to youngsters and spectators.
The couple met while studying in Liverpool and have been married for almost three years.
Mr Woolley, 26, joined the staff at Castle Hill in September 2000 and Mrs Woolley, 25, a year later.
Pupils at Castle Hill have been raising money to buy sports equipment for the couple to take with them.
They have held non-uniform days and sporting competitions to raise a total of £320. It is hoped the couple will be able to video their experiences and build links with Kenya through pen-pals, to be followed up on their return.
Both Mr and Mrs Woolley have run sports clinics in this country for Christians in Sport and Mrs Woolley has also been on a trip to Cape Town with the organisation. The couple are also both members of St Andrew's Baptist Church in Cambridge.
Mrs Wolley said: "I just snapped their hand off when they asked if I wanted to go again," said Mrs Woolley. "The conditions are very poor but the immunisation is so important.
"If you just said it was an immunisation programme people would not come, but if you say there is a game of football you will get 3,000 people. The kids here have been really great in helping us to raise the money to go."
Caption: Helping with immunisation programme … teachers Phil and Karen Willey pictured with pupils Haley Chawgo, aged 12, left and Leah Stolworthy, aged 11.
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